FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota State head football coach Chris Klieman brought three of his new assistant coaches to Fargo on Monday for introductions, but they weren't staying long.
Klieman said offensive coordinator and running backs coach Tim Polasek, defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Matt Entz, and quarterbacks coach Randy Hedberg have recruiting obligations to fulfill, primarily to make sure that players who have given verbal commitments won't back out now that previous head coach Craig Bohl has departed for Wyoming.
Bohl's Bison won their third straight Football Championship Subdivision title Saturday with a 35-7 win over Towson.
"We're going to be crazy here until Feb. 5 on the signing date," Klieman said. "That's the other reason I'm so excited these guys are here. I know how important recruiting is to those guys. You're talking about three tremendous recruiters and these guys have great track records."
Polasek returns to NDSU after one season at Northern Illinois. He previously spent seven years with the Bison program, starting as a graduate assistant in 2006. He was named running backs coach in 2007 and also served as special teams coordinator, and was the fullbacks and tight ends coach in 2012.
Polasek said he would not have been ready to direct the Bison offense without his year at Northern Illinois, which included a berth in a bowl game.
"It was with conviction that I felt that with that experience I could do this job," Polasek said.
Entz spent the last season at Western Illinois as associate head coach and defensive line coach. Before that he was the defensive line coach at Northern Iowa for two years and the defensive coordinator in 2012. He coached with Klieman at Northern Iowa in 2010, Klieman's final year as defensive coordinator of the Panthers.
"You talk about a great program, a program that's done thing that other programs wish they could, this is it," Entz said.